One year ago I wrote a lengthy article with typos, too many words and too few pictures and Modern Thrifter In The Old World was born. I had talked for years about starting a blog documenting the markets and artisans that I had discovered during my long life in Italy to share with traveling thrifters. So I taught myself how to easily build a website, abused my Go Daddy help line, YouTube tutorials and best friend’s knowledge, set the date and launched it. It grew quickly form a little baby to a living child that lives and breathes and needs care.
During my thrifting ‘research,’ my favorite thing to do in life (i.e. going to new places and thrifting them) I realized I had amazing piece of vintage and other relics of the old world at my fingertips. I did not want them to slip away nor would they all fit in my micro Italian house. Then one day while I was brushing my teeth it came to me: I am going to be a vintage buyer. I will be the feet on the Italian ground for shops in the states where vintage is younger and more difficult to come across.
Then I don’t know, somehow it happened amidst a crazy Cinque Terre summer season of 10 hour days making and selling jewelry in oppressive heat and a complicated Italian move consisting of hauling all of my vintage wardrobe and more down stairs, through town on carts, up and down stairs again.
I spent my days off hitting markets and lunch hours washing and hanging vintage out to dry. Then suddenly I had heaping boxes of awesome clothing postmarked to the States.
Before I knew it friend April, who I had met through a workshop in Riomaggiore done by Italian Fix, was opening up an Austin based shop – Pieceology Vintage – and she needed 50 pieces to start. I hit the ground running. (photo cred: Chelsea Laine Francis)
Then I reached out to Yana of Minneapolis vintage shop, Moth Oddities, who I knew through a Vernazza connection, and months later we were doing a photo shoot on the beach in my hometown of Pacific Grove for a lookbook dedicated to our collaboration called CALIItalia. (photo cred: Moth Oddities)
I love running, I always have, and I am so looking forward to keeping up with Modern Thrifter in the Old World’s fast, vintage-chasing, artisan-discovering, traveling-at-the-speed-of-light pace!